Football: Tait gives hope for the future

Crewe Alexandra 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

HISTORY WAS made at Gresty Road last night as Crewe recorded their first ever home victory over Wolves. More importantly, of course, Dario Gradi's men have now secured three consecutive league victories and have opened up genuine breathing space above the other early contenders for the drop.

While conceding much of the possession, the home side earned their victory through sheer resilience; Wolves rarely tested Jason Kearton, the Crewe goalkeeper, and, as the game looked to be ebbing towards a stalemate, the promotion hopefuls were forced into making speculative, long-range efforts.

Buoyed by this famous win, Gradi even ventured that one day his young stars might reach the Premiership. "It's a dream," he said, "but not an impossible one." In a more considered moment he praised his team's efforts, particularly those of his defenders. "This result shows what resolute defending can do for you - while I think Wolves were the better team, we deserved a win for sticking at it."

The winner, seven minutes from time, was a result of a Simon Osborn mistake and fine, opportunistic play from Dave Wright. Wright intercepted Osborn's misplaced pass and fed Colin Little who, with ample time and space to select his man, hoisted a deep cross from the left flank to the unmarked Paul Tait, who headed in nonchalantly through the grasp of Michael Oakes for his third league goal in as many games. "It was a costly error which, in the end, cost us the game, but we try to win wherever we play and that's what Simon was aiming to do," Colin Lee, the Wolves manager said.

This attitude coupled with the efforts of Crewe to stick to Gradi's passing principles made for a thoroughly entertaining fixture. Wolves operated with dedicated wide men in Andy Sinton and Darren Bazeley and, against the home side's three-man midfield, created abundant crossing opportunities. With Ade Akinbiyi perceived as the key threat, his strike-partner Michael Branch was granted considerable freedom, but neither managed to evade the shackles of Steve Wright and Steve MacAuley at the heart of Crewe's defence.

Crewe Alexandra (4-3-3): Kearton; Bignot, S Wright, MacAuley, D Wright; Street, Lunt, Sorvel; Little, Cramb (Collins, 72), Tait. Substitutes not used: Ince (gk), Unsworth, Smith, Liddle.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-4-2): Oakes; Muscat, Pollet, Curle, Naylor; Bazeley, Emblen, Osborn, Sinton; Akinbiyi, Branch. Substitutes not used: Stowell (gk), Robinson, Sedgley, Corica, Simpson.

Referee: R Furnandiz (Doncaster).

n Bradley Allen struck from 30 yards in the 31st minute to give Grimsby the lead at home to West Bromwich last night, but the visitors struck back before the break and Lee Hughes equalised with a well-placed shot in the 42nd minute to earn Albion a 1-1 draw.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Health & Safety Consultant

£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic and exciting opport...

Recruitment Genius: Project and Quality Manager

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is an independent ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Sales Executive - OTE £20,625

£14625 - £20625 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This role is for an enthusiasti...

Guru Careers: Financial Controller

£45 - £55k DOE: Guru Careers: A Financial Controller is required to join a suc...

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'